EnergySolutions' proposal to store depleted uranium in Tooele County would 'establish a dangerous precedent,' activists say

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  • UtahEngineer Sandy, UT
    Aug. 31, 2018 3:10 p.m.

    What is most needed is excellent scientific and engineering analyses of projected emissions and spread of Radon from the maximum stored D.U.

    Listening to self styled environmental activists yelling about the current super-dangerous 'hazard du jour' is not useful in decision making.

  • shamrock Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 31, 2018 1:27 p.m.

    Ask yourself: If depleted uranium is so safe and unobjectionable, why do companies want to ship it out to the Utah desert instead of storing it in situ?

    Utah voters have told our elected officials many times that we don't want that stuff added to our environment. I sure wish they'd listen.

  • Impartial7 DRAPER, UT
    Aug. 31, 2018 10:57 a.m.

    Utah is the nation's toxic garbage dump. And, our elected officials are paid well to keep it so. C'mon Utahn's. Vote differently.

  • Paul in MD Montgomery Village, MD
    Aug. 31, 2018 9:34 a.m.

    I'm not a nuclear physicist, so this may not apply here, but I read years ago that most other countries that have nuclear plants recycle their depleted materials to extract usable nuclear material to make more fuel rods. The waste material is far less radioactive, and due to recycling there is quite a bit less material to store. Recycling, an important part in handling all other waste streams in our country, ought to be part of this one as well.

  • Healthy Skeptic Saratoga Springs, UT
    Aug. 31, 2018 9:08 a.m.

    With all due respect to those who have made up their minds and aren't to be bothered with the facts, I would highly recommend you actually read the article. The uranium was placed in the ground billions of years ago by who or whatever. Mankind removed it from the earth (much of it from what is now Utah), and separated out a portion of it for a specific purpose. The remainder they used for a different purpose, which included creating thousand of little bitty pieces. Then they stored those thousands of bitty pieces in earthen-covered storage magazines in Tooele county, where they currently sit. Now they would like to combine those thousands of bitty pieces into one central location...also in Tooele county.

    The naysayers are essentially taking the position that it is better to keep those bitty pieces distributed over a much wider area...essentially saying "The Solution to Pollution is Dilution".
    I personally despise this position to keep waste "diluted" i.e., "spread out" indefinitely.

    For what it's worth, the entire 6000 tons of uranium they are talking about would would form a mass about the size of my SUV and Honda Accord combined.

  • scrappy do DRAPER, UT
    Aug. 31, 2018 8:20 a.m.

    we need to make sure we are storing all the available kryptonite on the planet in Utah as well... I wish I could get a government contract to store some of this in my basement... seems like easy money

  • Flashback Kearns, UT
    Aug. 31, 2018 7:29 a.m.

    Why don't they recycle and re-use these cores? Seems like a waste of good ammo. They are going to need it if the world situation gets any worse with Iran and two other unnamed countries.

    30mm. Sounds like ammo for the A-10.

  • mallow Pleasant Grove, UT
    Aug. 30, 2018 8:23 p.m.

    The clue to this being worrisome is in the use of the term" it's less than" in several instances in the article. Unless it's 100% safe, it needs to not be stored here. Utah should not be a dumping ground for other people's unsafe stuff. Remember or research what happened to people of Utah during the atom bomb testing in the state and the thyroid cancers that resulted. Just saying....

  • water rocket Magna, UT
    Aug. 30, 2018 8:04 p.m.

    My earlier comment apparently has been denied because I said we a apparently can't trust our political leaders. Years ago we fought to keep ALL nuclear waste out of Utah, but now we have it, and apparently we are going to get more.

    I also reminded those who fought so hard for governmental control over Utah lands, including the national monuments, that it is also the federal government that is bringing the nuclear waste here. So we have nuke waste and bombing ranges mixed in with national monuments and oil exploration. Should we thank our federal government for caring so much for us?

  • stevo123 Driggs, ID
    Aug. 30, 2018 7:45 p.m.

    Will this depleted uranium be shipped in the new inland port?

  • coltakashi Richland, WA
    Aug. 30, 2018 7:28 p.m.

    Uranium is a natural element in all sorts of minerals. It is found in granite rocks like those that were used in the Salt Lake Temple. It is found in sandstone formations, such as those that were mined near Moab. Much of the uranium used by the United States originated in Utah.

    Natural uranium includes a large amount of isotope U-238, which has a radioactive half-life of 4 billion years (the age of the earth), and a small amount of isotope U-235, which has a shorter half-life. To create the first nuclear reactors and bombs, uranium was processed to concentrate U-235, which could support a nuclear chain reaction. The remainder of uranium was "depleted" of the U-235 isotope, and this Depleted Uranium is not usable in either a nuclear reactor or a bomb. They are LESS radioactive than natural uranium.

    Apparently a large number of DU armor-piercing shells for M1A1 tanks have been in storage for decades at the Tooele Army Depot. They have not been a hazard to Utahns while in storage there, and will not be a hazard to Utahns if they are moved out to the western end of Tooele County and stored at the EnergySolutions facility.

  • RichardB Murray, UT
    Aug. 30, 2018 7:29 p.m.

    60% potent as natural uranium. It doesn't belong in a water shed that so many depend on. Once it leaks into the Great basin (Great Salt Lake), it will be here forever.

    To my knowledge Tooele Army depot has never had an reactor. If there is depleted uranium there, it did not originate there.

    They had to reclassify it a few years ago so Utah would be able to take it.

    In times of war, a bomb into the dump would contaminate the Wasatch front for centuries. It gets hotter. Our leaders should be doing everything they can to stop Utah from becoming the radioactive dump ground for America.

  • Enough is enough! Saint George, UT
    Aug. 30, 2018 7:15 p.m.

    They should divide up the uranium and put equal amounts in the states of those senators and congressmen who have oversight in this area. Why do we have to be the dumping ground?

  • water rocket Magna, UT
    Aug. 30, 2018 5:18 p.m.

    Our smart politicians sure think we are stupid. It wasn't that long ago that we fought the battle to keep ALL uranium waste out of Utah. Then the waste uranium people offered to pay big bucks if the state would allow low level waste. Now they think that we will accept even more contaminated materials? What next, a full blown nuclear waste repository, with thousands of tons coming by rail and trucks over our roads and railways? Give an inch and they take a mile!

    For those out there who were so vocal about the national monuments, and "protecting our land", where are you now? This is what happens when we trust the federal government and our magnanimous (cough) state leaders to make decisions for us.

  • okeesmokee SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    Aug. 30, 2018 5:03 p.m.

    Two comments:

    1) much of it is already here, as the source of this material will be from the Tooele Army Depot. The rest is in Indiana.
    2) Uranium, specifically, the radioactive decay of Uranium is what makes the earth work. There are lots of great articles on how the decay of Uranium fuels the earth's dynamic systems.

  • Wyo_Jake Casper, WY
    Aug. 30, 2018 4:51 p.m.

    All uranium of any sort should be removed from the earth.